Report: Flyers Have Eye on Veteran Goaltender
The Philadelphia Flyers’ interest in a goalie might come to a surprise, but with the inconsistent play of Carter Hart has the team pondering some goaltending help ahead of the April 12 trade deadline
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier is one goaltender they have their eye on according to TSN's NHL insider Pierre LeBrun.
"Its been a real struggle for Carter Hart," LeBrun stated. "My understanding is that the Flyers front office is having that discussion internally. Do they go out and get goaltending help ahead of the April 12th trade deadline. Allow Carter Hart to have a bit of a reset and work on his game."
In his past 10 games, Hart, who was brilliant during the 2019-20 season, has a 2-6-0 record with a 5.04 goals-against average and .815 save percentage.
"He needs to work on his game," coach Alain Vigneault said on Monday. "He needs to work harder; he needs to work better. I've had a good conversation with him and [Flyers goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh] about my expectations about his practice habits and him stopping the puck."
LeBrun said the team acknowledges that backup Brian Elliott has been a pro, but that he might need some help in the event that Hart can't find is way back to form.
The 35-year old Elliott owns a 9-4-1 record with a 2.84 goals-against-average and a .893 save percentage this season.
With the Flyers still within striking distance of a playoff spot, they might need some help between the pipes.
"One name to retain if they do add a goalie, Jonathan Bernier, I believe is on the radar of the Flyers, who is a pending UFA for Detroit."
The 32-year old netminder is 8-6-0 with a 2.78 GAA and a .918 save percentage for a Detroit.
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